Is one preferable over the other for anxiety treatment?
13 Jan 2010
Lexapro is supposedly "more effective" or specifically "approved" for treating "Generalized Anxiety Disorder". However, Lexapro is very similar to Celexa on a molecular level. Celexa is now available as a generic... and Lexapro started being promoted/heavily marked just afterwards (and Lexapro won't be available as a generic until the patent expires in either 2012 or 2013).
Celexa = citalopram... Lexapro = escitalopram
I take 10 mg of Lexapro daily (for OCD and GAD) and a 1 month supply (thirty 10mg tablets) costs about $90 at Costco (no health insurance). I wish I had tried Celexa first... since approx 30mg of Celexa is similar equivalent... and 1 month supply costs less than $15 at Costco.
Don't know if this helps... but if given a choice and cost is a factor... I would try Celexa first. I recently tried to switch from Lexapro to Celexa (due to their supposed similarity and trying to save $$) and experienced severe serotonin withdrawal symptoms... ultimately going right back to the Lexapro.
Best wishes and good luck!
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